The acclaimed documentary film Soy Andina (I'm Andean) will be finally screened in Washington, DC, as part of the XIX Latin American Film Festival.
The Latin American Film Festival includes 36-movies from 18 countries, and is presented by AFI the American Film Institute, in association with the Association of Ibero-American Cultural Attaches and the Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank.
Soy Andina is a documentary about immigration, racial and cultural identities, traditions and the richness of the Andean culture from Peru, as told through the stories of two women: Cynthia who is a New Yorker of Peruvian heritage, and Nelida a Peruvian born immigrant living in New York city for over 15 years. This film is subtitled and includes dialogues in Spanish, Quechua and English.
Cynthia and Nelida met thanks to their common passion for Peruvian music and dances, and eventually they travel to Peru in search of their roots, realizing that things don't stay the same way. See as they rediscover the Indigenous, African, Hispanic and all the cultures that shape up the Andean traditions of Peru.
Director and film producer Mitch Teplitsky, a New Yorker married to a Peruvian Andina, has just returned from a U.S. Embassy sponsored tour in Peru, and he will be attending the Saturday and Sunday screenings for an open talk with the public. Cynthia Paniagua, one of the film's dancers will be at the Sunday screening.
Open discussion with director Mitch Teplisky after the film.
Sunday October 5
Open discussion with director Mitch Teplisky and performance by dancer Cynthia Paniagua.
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Colesville Road & Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Metro - Silver Spring station (2 blocks north)
Free Parking available in the area.
About the movie
I'M FROM THE ANDES
After 15 years in New York, Nélida Silva returns to her birthplace in the Andes to fulfill a lifelong dream of hosting the Fiesta Patronal--a week of dance, music, and ritual honoring the town's patron saint. But Neli's changed, and so has the village. What's it like to go back to the Andes when you've become a New Yorker? After meeting Neli, Cynthia Paniagua, a dancer raised in Queens by a Peruvian mom, embarks on her own Peruvian journey, determined to know the real Peru and understand its art forms. This documentary is an exuberant cross-cultural road trip, propelled by traditional music and dance rarely seen outside the country. (note courtesy of Latin Beat)
DIR/PROD Mitch Teplitsky. Peru/US, 2007, color, 72 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Buy Tickets Online
Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets. To buy tickets at the AFI website click here.
12 and under $6.00
General Admission $10.00
AFI Member $8.50
Reactions to the film
- I just got back from a screening of "Soy Andina" at Lincoln Center. What an inspirational, moving film! I was on the verge of tears throughout the entire screening (happy, proud tears). I was born in Peru and grew up in NY. Your film made me miss my country and reignited the desire to share my culture with my son. Thank you Mitch! By the way, any updates on Cynthia? I really liked her character and a small part of me felt connected to her since I grew up in Queens and my son is half Puerto Rican like her...a Peru Rican. - Seanna (Peruvian-American)
- I have been following Soy Andina for some time. I found it by accident by surfing the web. It imediately hit a cord since I am also half-peruvian and have had a desire to discover my roots. My brother went to the premiere and loved it. I think it was part of the reason he decided to go to Peru for the first time. - Tania (Peruvian/American) I lived and worked in Peru from 2005-2007; your film brought back lots of memories, and tears to my eyes. - Laura (American)
- The film is life affirming, entertaining and beautiful to watch. You succeeded in telling an authentic story from an honest point of view that is not only respectful of Peruvian culture but is imbued in its spirit. Hard thing to manage when you are not from the culture. Many people told me they were surprised to learn you are not Peruvian... - Marcela Goglio, Curator Latinbeat, Film Society of Lincoln Center
- Hola a todos! I emigrated from Peru [...] at the age of 15 and lived in [California] with my parents ever since. I'm the first generation in my family born in Lima-Peru with parents from the Andes. My parents took me to the Andes every year since I was 2 years old so I got to love it and appreciated but in Lima I had to behave and talk different so my friends can accept me. This is a reality that not only in Peru occurs but in every other country in one way or another. Now, I'm an Electrical Engineer with masters. This movie was so real for me and touched me very much. It's the first Peruvian movie that I ever seen around here that brought out the beauty and the reality of people from the Andes and other parts of Peru using the dance and the music as a form of communication to the big screen. Peru is a rich country in many ways and can be a great source for learning about unity and love of many different cultures. Learning about a country's culture can help us all appreciate it better regardless where we're from. Thank you Mitch and all who made it happen. I hope Mitch will bring more Peruvian movies to make all the Peruvians so proud to be Peruvian and also share the Peruvian culture with the rest of the world. There are a lot to share and learn from Peru's vast culture. Also Cynthia's performance last night was outstanding and creative. It was a dance at the end of the movie that spoke more than a 1,000 words can express. Spoke about how people are transform by the influence of the city of Peru but still have "the heart of the Andes" deep inside. Cynthia, Nelida, and Mitch, we love you here [...]! And wish you all the best in your future projects. [...] (Peruvian-American born and raised in Peru and the U.S.)
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Soy Andina en Washington DC.